July 24, 2014 RSS feed / Top News

THIS WEEK ON WGCU-TV

¦ THURSDAY, JULY 24, 10 P.M. Masterpiece Mystery! Zen Ratking There’s a new boss on the murder squad, Ernesto Hueber, and to his position he brings an ironclad Code of Conduct and a bitter contempt for Zen. ¦ FRIDAY, JULY 25, 9 P.M. More...

One percent local option sales tax approved

At a July 15 special meeting, the Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners approved an ordinance to place a referendum on the Nov. 4 ballot to extend the existing 1 percent local option sales tax. More...

Local high school students experience China first hand

Charlotte County Public Schools is participating in its inaugural 2014 Chinese Summer Bridge program for American high school students. More...

Copperfish Books participates in school supply drive

Copperfish Books. 1205 Elizabeth St., Punta Gorda, is participating in the Charlotte Local Education Foundation school supply drive. The store is accepting donations for Charlotte County students. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More...

Englewood Bank accepting shoe donations

Englewood Bank & Trust is collecting shoes for Kids’ Needs of Greater Englewood, FL Inc. All donated shoes will be given to local students in need. Shoes can be new or gently used. More...

Keep your boat afloat with these precautions

When a boat sinks, that’s likely the end of her. That’s because repairs on a sunken boat often cost more than the actual value of the boat. So if boaters want to prevent a sinking at all costs, what can they do? More...

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Business News

Cyber Insurance

WITH ATTACKS ON THE RISE, MANY ARE SIZING UP THE COST OF PROTECTION

ON THE DAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING, Professor Sandra Kauanui’s son — the tech-savvy owner of four Wasabi Sushi restaurants located in California, Texas, the District of Columbia and Florida — suffered a cyber attack from criminals who secured the persona More...

MINDING YOUR BUSINESS

Center offers specialized massage to treat medical issues

When you think of massage, you probably think of the relaxing kind you get at a spa. More...

MONEY & INVESTING

Take measures to protect your assets into the future

If you have assets, then you need protection. Protection from creditors, civil suits, the IRS, even possible future claims of a spouse. Obviously, not all assets can be or are meant to be protected from creditors. More...

Business interests line up for piece of pot pie

What do the founder of a marijuana business training school, the CEO of an agriculture technology company, and a guy who works processing credit card payments have in common? More...

Good security

If you are anything less than a centenarian — and certainly if you were born during or after World War II — I doubt you have ever seen a prominent federal politician or high-level appointee who was not surrounded by steelyeyed, grim-lippe More...

Coming up at the Renaissance Academy

The Renaissance Academy of FGCU offers lifelong learning classes to enrich life experiences at any age. The following sessions will be held at Herald Court Centre in downtown Punta Gorda. More...

Acme Bicycle wins DOT bid

Local bicycle shop Acme Bicycle Shop LLC has been awarded the winning bid from Florida’s Dept of Transportation “Safe Routes to School Program” for 2014. More...

Fifth Third holds school supply drive

Fifth Third Bank is holding its sixth annual “Back to School” Supply Drive through Aug. 1. More...

Corvette Stingray proves to be Most Valuable Car

The 2014 Ted Williams MLB All-Star Game Most Valuable Player, Mike Trout, chose a Corvette Stingray, the 2014 North American Car of the Year, during the MVP award ceremony presented by Chevrolet. More...

Dodge Viper mania strikes Detroit

The throaty exhaust note of the Dodge Viper’s mighty 640-horsepower V-10 engine roared around the city of Detroit this past weekend as more than 550 loyal Viper enthusiasts were invited to a special open house at several Chrysler Group faciliti More...

Real Estate News

House Hunting:

23381 Steeple Ave., Port Charlotte

This unique three-bedroom, two-bath property is on two corner lots covering more than half an acre. More...

REAL ESTATE COMMENTARY

The evolving role of the Realtor

So you’re thinking about selling you house. With tools like Zillow and Truila, do you need a Realtor today? Of course, I am biased in saying yes. But what you need from a Realtor has drastically changed. According tot More...

Association of Realtors presents renowned guest speaker Zan Monroe

The Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Association of Realtors will host “The World’s Best Listing & Absorption Rate Presentation” featuring nationally renowned motivational speaker Zan Monroe as the presenter. More...

Arts & Entertainment News

ARCHITECTURE ON THE CARPET

Construction toys a foundation for professionals

Lincoln Logs. Lego bricks. Wooden blocks. Erector sets. Most of us played with some form of construction toys when we were little. More...

Exploring Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s reprisal of ‘Marvin Gaye: Prince of Soul’

It was standing room only on opening night of Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s production “Marvin Gaye: Prince of Soul.” The turnout came as no surprise to those in tune with the Sarasota theater scene. More...

ARTS COMMENTARY

More than four walls: Looking at architecture

It was the title that grabbed me first, with its intriguing subtitle: “Invitation to Architecture: Discovering Delight in the World Built Around Us.” Then the design (by Carol Singer) and the numerous pen-and-ink sketches by the book&rsqu More...